Long hair vs. short hair: where do lice prefer to sit?

“Is my hair right? This phrase reflects how important hairstyles are to most people. Admit it: you too sometimes look in a store or car window to see how your locks look. But how do lice really feel about it? Do they choose the head they nest on based on the cut that shows off on it? In this article, you’ll find out whether lice prefer long or short hair, and why exactly!
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How Lice Move from Head to Head … to Head

To understand which hair is most attractive to lice, we need to examine how lice actually move. Are you picturing a louse enthusiastically jumping from one head to another? Then we have to disappoint you. Lice cannot jump or fly; they can only crawl. To get onto a certain head, they use the electrostatic attraction of the hair, which ‘sucks’ them aboard, so to speak. Children with more electrostatically charged hair, for example, because they have curls, are therefore more often prey to lice. But curly hair is not the only type of hair in which lice like to nestle…

Long Hair or Short Hair: Which is More Inviting?

In addition to people with curls, those with longer locks are also easier prey for lice. The reason is again that the creatures can cling to it more easily than to shorter hair. Tip: the Lice Protecting Factor in Elimax 2in1 – which can also be used preventively – reduces the electrostatic charge of your child’s hair, making the chance of (re)infestation much smaller.

Braids in Case of a Lice Alert!

Finally, long loose hair is more susceptible to lice than long hair that is tied up. Is there a lice outbreak at school? Then you better send your child with long hair to class with a bun or a braid!